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Nathaniel HawthorneHouse of the Seven Gables (version 2) (April 24, 2009)

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LibriVox recording of The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Read by Mark F. Smith.

"The wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones and... becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief." Hawthorne's moral for "The House of the Seven Gables," taken from the Preface, accurately presages his story. The full weight of the gloomy mansion of the title seems to sit on the fortunes of the Pyncheon family. An ancestor took advantage of the Salem witch trials to wrest away the land whereon the house would be raised... but the land's owner, about to be executed as a wizard, cursed the Pyncheon family until such time as they should make restitution.

Now, almost two centuries later, the family is in real distress. Hepzibah, an old maid and resident of the house, is forced by advanced poverty to open a shop in a part of the house. Her brother Clifford has just been released from prison after serving a thirty-year sentence for murder, and his mind struggles to maintain any kind of hold on reality. Cousin Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon is making himself odious by threatening to have Clifford committed to an institution. And after all these years, the deed to a vast tract of land, that would settle great wealth on the family, is still missing.

One bright ray of sunshine enters the house when cousin Phoebe arrives for an extended stay to allow unhappy matters in her end of the family to sort themselves out. While she lightens the lives of Hepzibah and Clifford, she also attracts the attention of a mysterious lodger named Holgrave, who has placed himself near the Pyncheon family for reasons that only come clear at the end of the story.

The real crisis arrives when the Judge, who strongly resembles the Colonel Pyncheon who built the house so many years ago, steps up his demands on Hepzibah and Clifford and unwittingly triggers the curse. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

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Artist/Composer: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Date: 2009-04-24
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: Librivox; audiobook; literature

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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00 - Introductory Note & Preface 16.8 MB
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01 - The Old Pyncheon Family 54.3 MB
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02 - The Little Shop Window 26.5 MB
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03 - The First Customer 28.9 MB
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04 - A Day Behind the Counter 30.4 MB
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05 - May and November 32.5 MB
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06 - Maule's Well 22.3 MB
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07 - The Guest 35.4 MB
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08 - The Pyncheon of Today 36.1 MB
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09 - Clifford & Phoebe 25.8 MB
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10 - The Pyncheon Garden 28.2 MB
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11 - The Arched Window 29.1 MB
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12 - The Daguerrotypist 30.1 MB
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13 - Alice Pyncheon 49.8 MB
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14 - Phoebe's Good-bye 24.8 MB
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15 - The Scowl and Smile 37.2 MB
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16 - Clifford's Chamber 27.3 MB
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17 - The Flight of Two Owls 31.7 MB
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18 - Governor Pyncheon 36.3 MB
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19 - Alice's Posies 33.0 MB
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20 - The Flower of Eden 18.8 MB
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21 - The Departure 22.6 MB
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Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 28, 2010
Subject: Excellent reading of an American Classic
To a modern ear, Hawthorne spends a lot of time getting to the point, but that's part of the enjoyment of this book. If you're looking for action/adventure, look elsewhere. This is a character study of some rather odd, but sympathetic old New Englanders, brightened by a ray of sunshine that is Phoebe and a bit of mystery that is Holgrave.

This is an excellent solo recording by Mark Smith. Mark's use of voices helps to keep the characters straight and adds a bit of flavor without distracting from the story.